looking down at an indonesia archipelago scattered around turquoise water with a small ship traveling in the distance on the Spice Islands and Raja Ampat cruise
Men in red loincloths and red headbands with tall brown feathers march in order beside a stone fort on a sunny day during the Spice Islands & Raja Ampat small ship cruise in Indonesia.
Petroglyphs of red, beige & orange as seen on the Spice Islands & Raja Ampat small ship cruise in Indonesia.
West Papuan tribesman sits with a wooden drum in front of a weathered wood-plank wall during the Spice Islands & Raja Ampat small ship cruise in Indonesia.
Two divers survey colorful yellow coral in bright blue waters during the Spice Islands & Raja Ampat small ship cruise in Indonesia.
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Asia / Pacific Indonesia Cruise

Spice Islands & Raja Ampat

On this Indonesian trip to the center of the Coral Triangle experience a world seen by very few. This 13-day voyage aboard the 120-guest Coral Adventurer begins in Darwin, Australia, and spends five days in the nature lover’s paradise of Raja Ampat, with additional time exploring the historic Spice Islands and culturally-rich West Papua.

Raja Ampat harbors more than 75% of the world’s coral and fish species offering a dynamically bright reef system for quite possibly the best snorkeling in the world, making it mandatory to get in the water or aboard the glass-bottom boat as many days as possible on this itinerary to witness the natural wonders of the area. This itinerary includes snorkeling through Tomorol Cave, hiking up to see breathtaking views of karst islands and searching for birds-of-paradise.

SCUBA dive (additional cost) with highly qualified, experienced and popular Dive Instructors who provide an outstanding service to all guests. Dive Instructors patiently guide those who have never dived before through a resort dive program and expertly guide certified open-water divers to quality dive sites. A comprehensive range of dive equipment, including wet suits, is provided.

The Spice Islands also offer incredible snorkeling, but the highlight is certainly the islands’ unique history. With the entire world’s supply of nutmeg and mace between the 12th and 15th centuries, the Spice Islands have drawn explorers from all corners of the world infusing this area with colonial sights and artifacts traded from faraway cultures. This itinerary offers a tour through a nutmeg plantation, a village tour highlighting remnants of Dutch colonization and experiences of local flair through traditional dances.

The last few days of this Coral Triangle cruise is spent searching for whale sharks in Cenderawasih Bay, West Papua, and exploring traditional villages to learn about the the unique way of life and interesting customs of the local people.

This Indonesia cruise departs from Darwin, Australia, and finishes with a chartered flight from Biak, West Papua. This itinerary also operates in reverse, beginning in Biak.

Read on for details about this trip, or view all of AdventureSmith’s Indonesia cruises.



Itinerary

Spice Islands & Raja Ampat Itinerary

The 13-day Spice Islands & Raja Ampat cruise begins in Darwin, Australia, and sails northbound to end in Biak, West Papua, Indonesia.

Route map of main Spice Islands & Raja Ampat small ship cruise, operating between Darwin, Australia and Biak, West Papua, Indonesia, with visits to Banda Neira, Spice Islands, Molana & Saparua Islands,Seram Island, Misool, Kofiau Island, Wayag Island, Cenderawasih Bay & Kwatisore Village.
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Day 1
Embark Darwin, Australia

This afternoon at 4:30pm board Coral Adventurer at Darwin’s Fort Hill Wharf, where there is time to settle in before our 6:00pm departure. In the evening, join your fellow travelers, the Captain and his crew at the Captain’s Welcome Drinks in anticipation of what promises to be a remarkable journey discovering Raja Ampat and the Spice Islands.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
At Sea

Spend the day at leisure as you cross the Timor Sea towards Banda Neira. Join the Expedition Staff in the ship’s lounge for an interesting introduction to the journey, and the many experiences to be had over the coming eleven days.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Banda Neira, Spice Islands, Indonesia

In the middle of the Banda Sea, lies an enchanted fragment of history, the center of the Spice Island trade. Originally the world’s sole source of nutmeg and mace, these nine tiny islands have attracted traders for at least 2,000 years. On our approach to Banda Island the outline of Gunung Api volcano, with its thin plume of smoke drifting from the summit, will be clearly visible. See Banda’s famous Kora Kora canoes in action, with up to 38 oarsmen aboard they are a sight to behold as they glide across the water. Enjoy lunch aboard before departing for a snorkel or dive on the nearby Lava flow reef system or you may like to enjoy local tea and coffee along with delicious snacks at the water front. Later in the afternoon there is time to explore Fort Belgica, built by the first Governor General of the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) in 1611, the fort is extremely well preserved and provides an interesting insight into Dutch colonization. A traditional dance and music is performed before you enjoy a glass of champagne watching the sun set over the fort.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Banda Neira & Hatta Island

This morning snorkel and dive over the nearby lava flow reef system, rich in color and variety of fish species. Or consider traveling through the streets of Banda Neira on a town tour, passing the remnants of mansions constructed during Dutch colonialism. After lunch, bid farewell to Banda Neira and head for nearby Hatta Island within the Banda Archipelago.

Hatta Island offers exceptional snorkelling and diving at the edge of the reef just 5m off the shoreline. Admire vibrant corals and sea creatures of all shapes, sizes and colours home to turtles, dolphins, sea horses, great coral gardens and plenty of fish. There is time to take a guided walk through the village, visit school children, and to explore a plantation of Pepper Trees and Nutmeg Trees.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Molana Island & Saparua Island

Arrive early at Molana Island, whose history stretches back to the Portuguese colonial era. This uninhabited private island is home to 85 species of trees, Pacific monitor lizards, Moluccan scrubfowl and coconut crabs. The island still contains the ruins of a hospital built by the Dutch, whose construction was interrupted by the Japanese occupation in World War II. Residing in a large reef cluster that emerges to the surface makes for rich marine life surrounding the island. Snorkelers can take advantage of the shallow corals and clear water with easy viewing of unique corals and plentiful fishes. Experienced divers may see an underwater cave that connected to a well in the center of the island.

After brunch, head east to nearby Saparua Island and be welcomed by singing school children. The area holds an important spot in history books; learn about it at Fort Duurstede, a 17th-century Dutch fort with a complicated backstory that spans centuries. Here men and boys give their war dance with shields, swords and cultural adornment. This is a location of cultural immersion and learning.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Sawai Village, Seram Island

In the middle of the Banda Sea, Sawai village is on Seram Island and is one of the oldest villages in the Maluku Islands. The village is in a beautiful setting with simple homes built on stilts over the ocean. Spend the day immersed in the crystal-clear waters and snorkeling over reefs as well as exploring ashore the grand cliffs and valleys of Manusela National Park. The park is popular for birdwatchers with 118 known species including colorful eclectus parrots, purple-naped lory and salmon-crested cockatoo which are all endemic to Seram Island. This is the final stop in the Spice Islands as the ship makes her way to the natural playground of Raja Ampat.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Misool's Stone Gardens, Raja Ampat

Be introduced to the beautiful natural playground of Raja Ampat at Misool, one of the four largest islands. Raja Ampat means the “Four Kings” which refers to four main islands: Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool, in an archipelago comprising over 1,500 smaller islands.

More than 1,000 prehistoric petroglyphs estimated up to 5,000 years old have been discovered at Misool. These ochre rock paintings depict human figures, canoes, sharks and dolphins, as well as abstract images thought to symbolize fertility. At Misool, visit Balbulol Lagoon, an almost landlocked inlet populated with conical-shaped islets undercut at sea level that rise from turquoise waters like Christmas Trees. There is time to swim and kayak amongst the islands in this beautiful lagoon.

Visit another similarly spectacular waterway at Yapap, considered one of the best natural pools in the world. This vast primordial pool is dotted with dramatic limestone formations which look more like chess pieces than rocks. The turquoise Yapap sea has such clarity that grains of sand and coral reefs on the seabed are visible from the surface. Also visit heart-shaped Dafalen Love Lake which can be viewed from up high with a climb to the summit of nearby cliffs. Swimming and diving in these pristine waters is an undisputed highlight of the Raja Ampat portion of this cruise.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Kofiau Island

At Kofiau Island be welcomed by village dancers on their traditional boats before heading ashore at Deer Village (also known as Kampung Deer). Local guides provide a tour through the village. Board a local longboat to another village, Kampung Awat. Here, enjoy a traditional Sasi opening ceremony and a barbecue on the beach. Sasi is a traditional ceremony to preserve the ecosystem and effectively limits the catch of particular marine species during a designated period. After lunch, snorkel and swim in the ocean, visit other villages and keep an eye out for the striking red bird-of-paradise which is distinguished by its emerald green face and crimson red plumes that fall elegantly from each breast.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Wayag Island

Cross the equator into the northern hemisphere as the ship makes her way towards Wayag Island, which is currently being considered as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Discover the lagoon’s white sand beaches and maze of limestone karst ‘gumdrop’ islands as you explore the lagoons in Zodiacs or aboard Xplorer. After lunch, those keen on an energetic climb up famous Pindito Peak will be rewarded by breathtaking views over the island and its spectacular lagoon. Alternatively choose to relax with a swim, snorkel, guided glass-bottom boat tour or kayak paddle.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
At Sea

A relaxing day at sea, join the Expedition Leader and Guest Lecturers in the lounge for an informative introduction to Cenderawasih Bay and the coming activities for the last two days of the expedition.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Cenderawasih Bay & Roon or Auri Island, West Papua

Cenderawasih Bay (translates to Bird of Paradise Bay), hosts an incredible array of marine biodiversity. The largest marine park in Indonesia, Teluk Cenderawasih National Park, protects a rich marine ecosystem and covers an area of more than 5,600 square miles and is home to whale sharks, dugongs and dolphins as well as over 200 known species of fish and 150 species of coral. Depending on the weather and conditions, enjoy either Roon Island or Auri Island.

One of the highlights of Roon Island is the wreckage of a Japanese Zero fighter plane lying in shallow water, visible to snorkelers when the weather co-operates. The wreck has become a marine habitat and sports large corals, gorgonian fans as well as large populations of lionfish, surgeonfish and turtles among other marine life.

To reach Auri Island, navigate through picturesque island scenery before enjoying beach activities, swimming and snorkeling in this striking location. There is also a visit to a local village to enjoy a traditional dance and music performance. Villagers turn out adorned with body paint and dressed in colorful costumes with grass skirts, shells and beads along with elaborate headdresses.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
Cenderawasih Bay & Kwatisore Village

The biodiversity hotspot of Cenderawasih Marine Park attracts a significant population of whale sharks, the biggest fish in the sea. Cenderawasih Bay is one of the few places worldwide where it’s possible to swim with this endangered species. There is no guarantee that whale sharks will materialize on cue–if they do, then there may be the chance to snorkel among them. Eyeballing these enormous fish, which are completely harmless and can grow to the length of a bus, is an experience you won’t forget!

Later, visit Kwatisore village with local guides and learn about West Papuan customs, cultures and the traditional lifestyles of the people. Notice the difference in dancing, adornment and musical instruments of the West Papuan people in comparison to customs and culture of earlier islands visited in Raja Ampat and Spice Islands.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Disembark Biak, West Papua, Indonesia

After an early morning arrival into Biak, visit Binsari Caves before joining the 12:00pm noon charter flight from Biak to Darwin.

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breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations as booked; all meals; house beer and wine during lunch and dinner service; 24-hour tea and coffee; captain’s welcome and farewell drinks; access to islands, marine and national parks; guided tours in tender vessels; services of expedition staff and lecturers including briefings and knowledge-sharing sessions; port taxes and government charges imposed by government authorities.

Exclusions

Airfare; charter flights; transfers; hotels; entry visas or travel permits; optional scuba diving costs (contact AdventureSmith for pricing); insurance of any kind; items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted), laundry charges and souvenir purchases.

Payment & Cancellation

Prices are based on exchange rates from the Australian Dollar. Pricing may vary based on the exchange rate, and will be calculated at the time of final payment. AdventureSmith’s USD conversion rates are based on the market conversion rate plus a 1% banking conversion fee of total invoiced amount. Please contact AdventureSmith for current pricing.

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. A name change/transfer of the booking to another person is considered a cancellation and cancellation penalties will apply. A $200 per person fee may be charged for any amendments not requiring a date change after booking is confirmed. There is a $500 per person fee if a date change is made more than 90 days before departure. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The main Spice Islands & Raja Ampat cruise begins in Darwin, Australia (DRW), and ends in Biak, West Papua, Indonesia (BIK), with a charter flight from Biak to Darwin on day 13. Plan flights to arrive to Darwin before the 4:30 embarkation time for the main itinerary. Plan flights to depart Biak after disembarkation at 8:30am on day 13 (charter flight available). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, kayaking, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, land treks, diving (added cost), snorkeling, village tours and visits to historical sights.

Room Configuration

Limited double occupancy cabins for solo use may be available at a sole use rate; ask your Adventure Smith Specialist for details. Bookings made via the solo use rate are confirmed, with the option to request a cabin share; share requests made without a solo use rate booking are not guaranteed unless a match is found, accepted by both travelers and confirmed by the reservations team.

If you would like to share accommodation with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to take your details and try to connect you with a suitable match. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate if a match is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Kids 12 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; exceptions for children 11 years and under may be allowed with special pre-approval.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote. Prices are listed in USD and based on exchange rates from the Australian Dollar. See Payment & Cancellation above for details.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Reverse Spice Islands & Raja Ampat Itinerary

The 13-day reverse Spice Islands & Raja Ampat cruise begins with an optional charter flight from Darwin, Australia, to Biak, Indonesia, then sails southbound back to Darwin.

Route map of reverse Spice Islands & Raja Ampat small ship cruise, operating between Biak, West Papua, Indonesia & Darwin, Australia, with visits to Banda Neira, Spice Islands, Molana & Saparua Islands,Seram Island, Misool, Kofiau Island, Wayag Island, Cenderawasih Bay & Kwatisore Village.
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Day 1
Embark Biak, West Papua, Indonesia

Take an optional charter flight from Darwin, Australia, to Biak, Indonesia, and board the Coral Adventurer this afternoon at 4:00pm. Have time to settle in before the 6:00pm departure. In the evening, join fellow travelers, the captain and crew at the captain’s welcome drinks in anticipation of what promises to be a remarkable journey discovering Raja Ampat and the Spice Islands.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Roon or Auri Island

Depending on the weather and conditions, enjoy either Roon Island or Auri Island.

One of the highlights of Roon Island is the wreckage of a Japanese Zero fighter plane lying in shallow water, visible to snorkelers when the weather co-operates. The wreck has become a marine habitat and sports large corals, gorgonian fans as well as large populations of lionfish, surgeonfish and turtles among other marine life.

To reach Auri Island, navigate through picturesque island scenery before enjoying beach activities, swimming and snorkeling in this striking location. There is also a visit to a local village to enjoy a traditional dance and music performance. Villagers turn out adorned with body paint and dressed in colorful costumes with grass skirts, shells and beads along with elaborate headdresses.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Cenderawasih Bay & Kwatisore Village, West Papua

The biodiversity hotspot of Cenderawasih Marine Park attracts a significant population of whale sharks, the biggest fish in the sea. Cenderawasih Bay is one of the few places worldwide where it’s possible to swim with this endangered species. There is no guarantee that whale sharks will materialize on cue–if they do, then there may be the chance to snorkel among them. Eyeballing these enormous fish, which are completely harmless and can grow to the length of a bus, is an experience you won’t forget!

Later, visit Kwatisore village with local guides and learn about West Papuan customs, cultures and the traditional lifestyles of the people. Notice the difference in dancing, adornment and musical instruments of the West Papuan people in comparison to customs and culture of islands to be visited in Raja Ampat and Spice Islands.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
At Sea

A day on board to relax and take in the island scenery as the ship cruises toward her next stop at Wayag Island.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Wayag Island

Cross the equator into the northern hemisphere as the ship makes her way towards Wayag Island, which is currently being considered as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Discover the lagoon’s white sand beaches and maze of limestone karst ‘gumdrop’ islands while exploring the lagoons in Zodiacs or aboard Xplorer. After lunch, those keen on an energetic climb up famous Pindito Peak will be rewarded by breathtaking views over the island and its spectacular lagoon. Alternatively choose to relax with a swim, snorkel, guided glass-bottom boat tour or kayak paddle.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Kofiau Island, Raja Ampat

The ship makes her way to Kofiau Island, another island of the Raja Ampat region. Be welcomed by local village dancers on a flatform boat as they lead you ashore to Kampung Deer. Local guides provide a tour through the village. A local long-boat transfers you to the next village, Kampung Awat, to enjoy an opening Sasi ceremony and beach BBQ. Spend the afternoon snorkeling, bird watching and exploring other villages.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
The Stone Gardens of Misool

Today visit Folley on the top east side of Misool. Take in the picturesque beauty that is Balbulol, where five high cone-shaped cliffs rise from the turquoise waters in a line like emerald Christmas Trees. Enjoy swimming and kayaking water activities here.

More than 1,000 ancient rock paintings have been discovered in Misool in over 60 sites. Red-colored rock paintings on several cliffs form a woman’s hand with long tapering fingers. There are also paintings of marine fauna such as sharks, tuna, dolphins, several sticks, canoes and overlapping abstract images.

After lunch, visit Yapap, the best natural pool in the world. This huge primordial pool is adorned with impressive karst formations which look more like chess pieces than rocks. Its turquoise seawater is so clear that the sand and coral reefs on its shallow ocean floor are clearly visible from the surface. Swimming and diving here is incredible. Also visit Dafalen Love Lake, an excellent, symbolic place for lovers, friends and family to swim together. Consider a climb up into the summit of the rock to see the heart-shaped lake from above. Then bid farewell to Raja Ampat as the ship makes her way to the Spice Islands.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Sawai, Spice Islands

In the middle of the Banda Sea lies an enchanted fragment of history, the center of the spice trade. Sawai is a little slice of paradise located on the Central Northern side of Seram Island, Maluku. Sawai village is one of the oldest villages in Maluku, with houses that extend out over the water. Spend the day exploring the beautiful clear waters and reefs along with grand cliffs and Manusela valleys of Manusela National Park. Not far from the location of the reef, there is a big gap and height that can be entered and a beautiful spot for bird spotting.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Mamala & Saparua Islands

Arrive early at Mamala Island (Also referred to as Molana Island). This uninhabited private island is home to 85 species of trees, Pacific monitor lizards, Moluccan scrubfowl and coconut crabs. Molana Island has been known since the Portuguese colonial era. The island still contains the ruins of a hospital built by the Dutch, whose construction was interrupted by the Japanese occupation in World War II. Residing on a large reef cluster that emerges to the surface makes for rich marine life surrounding the island. Snorkelers can take advantage of the shallow corals and clear water with easy viewing of unique corals and plentiful fishes. Experienced lucky divers should keep eyes out for the underwater cave that’s connected to a well in the center of the island.

After brunch, head east to Saparua Island to be welcomed by merrily singing school children. The area holds an important spot in history books; learn more at Fort Duurstede, a 17th-century Dutch fort with a complicated backstory that spans centuries. Here men and boys perform a war dance with shields, swords and cultural adornment. This is a location of cultural immersion and learning.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Hatta & Banda Islands

The Banda archipelago are covered with lush tropical flora including the myristica tree, making them an integral part of the well-known Spice Islands. These tiny islands were originally the world’s sole source of nutmeg and mace, and have attracted traders since at least 2,000 years ago. In the 16th century, European explorers discovered entire continents in their quest for these islands. Arrive early at Hatta Island, famous for exceptional snorkeling and diving in clear turquoise water over the unique submerged lava flow. Admire vibrant corals and sea creatures of all shapes, sizes and colors at the wall drop just off the shoreline, where there are turtles, dolphins, sea horses, great coral gardens and plenty of fish. Later there is the opportunity for a guided walk through the village, to visit school children, and then to explore a local plantation of pepper trees and nutmeg trees.

Then head over to a neighboring island within the Banda Archipelago. Upon approaching Banda Neira, witness the outline of the Gunung Api volcano with its thin plume of smoke drifting from the summit. See Banda’s famous Kora Kora canoes in action as they glide across the water. Snorkel and dive over the nearby lava flow reef system, or head ashore and enjoy local tea and snacks on the waterfront.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Banda Neira

Immerse, with local guides, in the colors and aromas of the Spice Islands. Travel through the streets of Banda Neira, past the remnants of mansions constructed during Dutch colonialism, on a town tour. See the museum and the former VOC Governor’s Mansion, visit the old church, enjoy water activities and finish with traditional dancing and tastings of local treats on the waterfront.

Later in the afternoon, there is time to explore Fort Belgica, built by the first Governor General of the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) in 1611. The fort is extremely well preserved and provides an interesting insight into Dutch colonization. Join the locals for a traditional dance and music performance before enjoying a glass of champagne as the sun sets over the fort.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
At Sea

A day on board to relax and enjoy reminiscing over the highlights of Raja Ampat and the Spice Islands, as the ship sets sail for the return journey to Australia.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Disembark Darwin, Australia

Today arrive into Darwin at Fort Hill Wharf at 10:30am, and upon clearing customs and immigration, disembark at 12:00pm to begin travel home or onward to other adventures.

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n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations as booked; all meals; house beer and wine during lunch and dinner service; 24-hour tea and coffee; captain’s welcome and farewell drinks; access to islands, marine and national parks; guided tours in tender vessels; services of expedition staff and lecturers including briefings and knowledge-sharing sessions; port taxes and government charges imposed by government authorities.

Exclusions

Airfare; charter flights; transfers; hotels; entry visas or travel permits; optional scuba diving costs (contact AdventureSmith for pricing); insurance of any kind; items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted), laundry charges and souvenir purchases.

Payment & Cancellation

Prices are based on exchange rates from the Australian Dollar. Pricing may vary based on the exchange rate, and will be calculated at the time of final payment. AdventureSmith’s USD conversion rates are based on the market conversion rate plus a 1% banking conversion fee of total invoiced amount. Please contact AdventureSmith for current pricing.

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. A name change/transfer of the booking to another person is considered a cancellation and cancellation penalties will apply. A $200 per person fee may be charged for any amendments not requiring a date change after booking is confirmed. There is a $500 per person fee if a date change is made more than 90 days before departure. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The reverse Spice Islands & Raja Ampat cruise begins in Biak, West Papua, and ends in Darwin, Australia. For the optional charter flight from Darwin to Biak on day 1, plan flights to arrive to Darwin anytime prior to day 1. Otherwise, plan flights to arrive to Biak ahead of a 4:30pm embarkation on day 1. Plan flights to depart Darwin anytime after 12:00pm noon on day 13. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, kayaking, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, land treks, diving (added cost), snorkeling, village tours and visits to historical sights.

Room Configuration

Limited double occupancy cabins for solo use may be available at a sole use rate; ask your Adventure Smith Specialist for details. Bookings made via the solo use rate are confirmed, with the option to request a cabin share; share requests made without a solo use rate booking are not guaranteed unless a match is found, accepted by both travelers and confirmed by the reservations team.

If you would like to share accommodation with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to take your details and try to connect you with a suitable match. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate if a match is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Kids 12 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; exceptions for children 11 years and under may be allowed with special pre-approval.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote. Prices are listed in USD and based on exchange rates from the Australian Dollar. See Payment & Cancellation above for details.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Listed prices for this trip are based on foreign currency exchange rates and may vary. USD pricing will be calculated at the time of final payment based on the market conversion rate plus a 1% banking conversion fee of total invoiced amount. Please contact AdventureSmith for current pricing.

Jan 06 - Jan 18, 2021
Coral Adventurer • 13 days
From $6770USD
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Jan 18 - Jan 30, 2021
Coral Adventurer • 13 days
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Expedition Ship
Coral Adventurer

Launched in 2019, the 120-guest Coral Adventurer Australian expedition ship offers a wine cellar, open galley, private balconies and efficient ship-to-shore operations.

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Offer expires December 31st, 2020
30-Day Flexible Booking Deposit Period On Select Australia, New Zealand & Indonesia Cruises

Book your select Australia, New Zealand or Indonesia cruise departing during 2020 or 2021 and have up to 30 days to pay your deposit.

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Leslie Camacho • December 28th, 2019
Expert Aboard: Coral Adventurer Ship Review

An AdventureSmith cruise expert goes aboard in Australia to write this ship review of the 120-guest Coral Adventurer. Read about her favorite features and cabin insights.

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